Woman with diversity on her mind The pushback against employers’ diversity efforts has come in the form of legal threats and lawsuits targeting hiring practices, affinity groups, performance management, diversity training and more. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As employers across the country face increasing scrutiny of their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June reversal of affirmative action in college admissions, law firms are stepping up to provide specialized teams to audit employers’ efforts and defend them in litigation.

In the past week, Davis Wright Tremaine and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have announced new lawyer teams to address clients’ DEI issues while Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher launched a task force in late July. The new groups have combined lawyers with experience in employment law, government investigations, DEI and ESG work, corporate governance and appellate law.


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